Claudette-Jean Girard, Attorney at Law
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I provide experienced legal guidance in family law, divorce and special education law. I represent parents and families throughout western Massachusetts.

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February 2013 Archives

Alcohol consumption can contribute to divorce in Massachusetts

It may surprise some readers in Massachusetts to learn that couples who report that they are light drinkers have a divorce rate of 5.8 percent. This number reflects those who self-reported the amount that they drank in a recent large study. In addition, the study notes that those who consume excessive amounts of alcohol are the most likely to go through the divorce process.

Failing to pay child support in Massachusetts can lead to arrest

Child support is a mandatory obligation for many non-custodial parents in Massachusetts. In fact, child support is commonly ordered in cases where a couple has kids and is ending their marriage through divorce. In such matters, the payments ordered must be made each month to the custodial parent for the benefit of a child. When not made, a non-custodial parent can find that they face penalties.

A pre-nuptial agreement a benefit in Massachusetts divorce

Massachusetts readers may be aware that a prenuptial agreement can be created by a couple before they enter into a marriage. This type of agreement can be helpful if the marriage doesn't work out and the pair seeks a divorce. In fact, by pre-planning, many of the issues that often become contentious in a divorce can be more smoothly handled.

Divorce in Massachusetts may include college tuition decision

There are many issues that a couple must decide as they work to end their marriage in divorce in Massachusetts. Among the common decisions to be made in a divorce are the division of property, spousal support and child-related issues. For some the appointment of a parent that is responsible for the payment of a child's college tuition is among the negotiations that take place.

Family law custody issue in Massachusetts can be contentious

Massachusetts parents try to do what is best for their children. This universal fact can result in a contentious discussion in a family law matter when a couple seeks to end their marriage. The negotiations regarding child custody and support can be some of the most difficult a couple faces as each party navigates the divorce process.

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